|Introduction to Holography - Thomas G. Smith|
This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film...
Keywords: lasers; holography; science; optics
Downloads: 11,930 (1 review)
Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Keywords: Liberace; piano
|Frames of Reference - Richard Leacock|
This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
Keywords: physics; science; PSSC
Downloads: 74,499 (6 reviews)
|Granite - Carson "Kit" Davidson|
Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
Keywords: quarry; Barre
Downloads: 4,999 (1 review)
|Journey to the Center of a Triangle - Bruce And Katharine Cornwell|
'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier...
Keywords: mathematics; science
Downloads: 24,187 (5 reviews)
|Hangman - Les Goldman|
A cynical look at how humankind loves to feed others into the death machine, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life...
Keywords: animation; death; horror
Downloads: 18,939 (5 reviews)
|Newspaper: Behind the Scenes - Carroll Films|
Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
Keywords: publishing; media
Downloads: 4,984 (1 review)
|Portable Phonograph, The - John Barnes|
An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by...
|Shaw vs. Shakespeare I: The Character of Caesar - John Barnes|
This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not...
Keywords: Geoge Bernard Shaw; Shaw; Shakespeare; Moffat; Kiley; Grossman
|Crisis in Levittown - Lee Bobker/Lester Becker|
The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
Keywords: african-american; black; racism; housing; urban
|Happy City, The - William Deneen Productions|
Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Ken Tung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be a film to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government, as shortly after the film was made, Columbo was deported, never to return...
Keywords: Burma; Myanmar; leprosy; Hansen's Disease; Cesare Colombo
Downloads: 72,448 (3 reviews)
|Iran - Claude Lelouch|
Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently was sponso...
Keywords: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Downloads: 32,591 (2 reviews)
|Je Parle Français, Lessons 1-13 - Milan Herzog|
The 'Je Parle Français' series of French Language Instruction films was filmed in 1960-61 and produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Film's Milan Herzog in conjunction with Otterbein College professor La Velle Rosselot, and Georges Matoré, Dean of the Language & Civilization Dept, Sorbonne. Rosselot was the prime educational consultant and curriculum developer for the film project. Her father was a history professor at Otterbein, and her brother Gerald was one of the founders of Scientific Atlan...
Keywords: Encyclopedia Britannica; Milan Herzog; Language Instruction; French
|Bill of Rights in Action: Equal Opportunity (revised) - Bernard Wilets, BFA|
An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli...
|Age of Steam, The: Power for Progress - Johanna Alemann|
Describes man's lack of technical progress until the Industrial Revolution, when the discovery of steam as a source of power brought rapid advances. Depicts the nineteenth century and the vast changes in living conditions caused by the utilization of steam. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Keywords: train; locomotive; railroad; railway
Downloads: 734 (2 reviews)
|Dong Kingman - James Wong Howe|
This exceptional film shows painter Kingman at work in New York's Chinatown, shot by master cinematographer James Wong Howe.
Keywords: art; painting; Chinese
Downloads: 8,358 (1 review)
|Berlin: Outpost of Freedom. - Johanna Alemann|
A documentary which tells the story of divided Berlin where two ideologies clash together on one soil. Explains why and how the city was divided into separate zones; describes the rebuilding of Berlin. Contrasts East and West Berlin. Points out how the people of West Berlin manage to go about a normal routine of living. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Keywords: East Berlin; West Berlin; East Germany; West Germany; Berlin wall
Downloads: 610 (1 review)
|Silent Snow, Secret Snow - Gene Kearney|
Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
Keywords: schizophrenia; teen angst
Downloads: 18,794 (16 reviews)
|Basic Brown, Basic Blue - Homer Groening|
Ever wonder how Matt Groening of 'The Simpsons' got his quirky sense of humor? Probably from his filmmaker dad, Homer Groening, who passed away in 1996. Although known for his documentaries, Homer Groening directed and narrated this film, ostensibly about color, but filled with an ongoing series of bikini-clad bathing beauties. The film is perhaps best viewed as a graphic artifact that will interest media historians seeking additional insight into the elements that influenced the cartoonist.
Downloads: 35,911 (2 reviews)
|French and Indian War, The: Seven Years' War in America - William Deneen|
This film uses a large collection of paintings on the French and Indian War to offer a vivid and realistic picture of key episodes, places, and people. It explains some of the differences between French and English colonial policy and ways of life, depicting the battle for Quebec in detail, including the deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe.The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Keywords: french and indian war; US History; Encyclopedia Britannica
|Cliché Family in Televisionland - MPO Productions|
This outrageous parody of the prototype 'commercial' family was apparently made as an in-house joke by one of the largest producers of television commercials. Their clients would have never seen this gem, which parodies products as well as the people that buy them.
Keywords: parody; advertisement; asian
Downloads: 34,339 (15 reviews)
'Barking Plate' (1974) 10m, uncredited director. This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel...
Downloads: 772 (1 review)
|Claudius: Boy of Ancient Rome (Latin Dialogue) - William Deneen|
A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is exceedin...
Keywords: Encyclopedia Britannica Films; William Deneen; Samuel Bronston; Latin dialogue
|Ohrid Express - Robert Legrande; Jean Dasque|
‘Ohrid Express’ (1965) 12m, dir. Robert Legrande/Jean Dasque. We join the idyllic world of conductor Petra Mihalowski, whose slow, narrow-gauge Macedonian train was built in 1895, and runs from Presak to Orhid. Here are charming scenes of laundry washed by the lake, the soapy water heated in large copper kettles.
Keywords: train; Macedonia; Yugoslavia; locomotive
|Baja California: the Pacific Coast of Mexico - Silas Johnson|
Johnson is another "lost filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
Keywords: Santa Tomas; Magdalena; Tortuga; Baja; Cabo San Lucas; Ensenada
Downloads: 39,234 (4 reviews)
|Protein Synthesis: an Epic on the Cellular Level - Kent Wilson|
Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at Stanfor...
Keywords: protein; DNA; RNA
|Me and You, Kangaroo|
In a touching tale a boy raises an orphaned baby kangaroo in the outback of Australia but due to events beyond his control is forced to return the animal to the wild. A film for animal lovers of all ages. Beautifully photographed and acted. A classic animal story. Awards: AUSTRALIA’S BEST CHILDREN’S FILM AWARD AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL “CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD”
Keywords: Bert Salzman
Downloads: 5,825 (4 reviews)
|Congruent Triangles - Bruce and Katharine Cornwell|
Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct...
Keywords: mathematics, science
Downloads: 21,222 (5 reviews)
|Maya Are People - Les Mitchel|
Many explorer-adventurer hosts of historical/cultural films viewed their subjects as "objects" (e.g. C. Ernest Cadle and Carveth Wells), their colonialist attitudes seeping precariously through the safety-film. Not so the wonderful and forgotten Les Mitchel, who arrives in the Lacandon area of the Yucatan, shows the chief Obregon K’in (of Agua Azul village, Palenque) how to fire a pistol, takes him on a plane-ride to view his ancestral ruins at Palenque...
Keywords: Lacandon; Obregon; Palenque; Les Mitchel
Downloads: 7,195 (2 reviews)
|Help, My Snowman's Burning Down - Carson "Kit" Davidson|
Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive...
Keywords: experimental; jazz; dada; surrealism
Downloads: 6,769 (2 reviews)
|Centinelas del Silencio - Robert Amran|
The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact...
Keywords: Maya; Aztec; helicopter; Chichen Itza; Monte Alban; Tulum; Toltec; Uxmal; Palenque
Downloads: 9,498 (2 reviews)
|Franck-Hertz Experiment - EDC (Education Development Center)|
Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom...
Keywords: physics; PSSC; experiments; electrons
|Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future|
'Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future' (1960) 14m, director uncredited. In an interview with Woodrow Wyatt, Lord Russell envisions an organized and static world. He also points out man's capability, through education and self - knowledge, to abolish war, poverty and disease.
|Sorcerer’s Apprentice - Edward English|
Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
Keywords: charcoal; dukas
Downloads: 3,500 (1 review)
|Imaging the Hidden World: the Light Microscope - Bruce Russell|
To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible...
Keywords: biology; science; volvox; hydra; amoeba
Downloads: 11,819 (3 reviews)
|Farm Family in Autumn - Thomas G Smith|
On Red Markham's farm near Whitewater, Wisconsin, son Steve tells his story: through the woods, taking a school bus, how muddy fields impact harvesting, canning jam, making jack-o-lanterns, and watching a dairy truck collect milk. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: " In the 1970s, the Markham family enjoyed national fame for a brief period when the popular children’s TV show, “Captain Kangaroo” aired film clips from these films on CBS network...
|Coulomb's Law - Richard Leacock|
Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl, pla...
Downloads: 8,070 (2 reviews)
|Japan - Miracle in Asia - William Deneen|
Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window...
Keywords: Japan Asia, industrial
Downloads: 5,304 (1 review)
|Great Expectations I - Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp|
This is the first of a two-part film made by John Barnes on Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations.' The direction and acting are stellar. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
|Unicycle: Looking at My World - Dan Bessie|
'Unicycle: Looking at My World' (1976) 15m, dir. Dan Bessie. The world of 15 year old unicyclist Tony Marienthal includes visits to assist the elderly, learning new juggling tricks, and trying to make it home for supper. The film is a wonderful, idyllic "day in the life" film of a teen-ager. It's also somewhat bittersweet, as Tony Marienthal, who wanted his baby son to see this film, died at the young age of 51...
|Close-up on the Planets - Charles L. Finance|
Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
|Modern Business Machines for Writing, Duplicating, and Recording - Teaching Aids Exchange|
An intriguing historical film, demonstrating many expensive business machines found in modern offices of the era, including electromatic and Chinese typewriters and machines for filming, stenciling, folding and lithographing. Among the machines shown are Diebold's Flofilm microfiche recorder, the Fileomatic Desk, the Pierce Electronic Wire Recorder, the Soundscriber with plastic disk, the Elliott Stencil Machine with Graphotype machine, the Davidson Duplicator for litho printing, the Davidson Fo...
Keywords: Chinese Typewriter; Fileomatic; Graphotype; IBM Model A; Stella Pajunas
Downloads: 6,060 (3 reviews)
|Solar System (2nd Ed) - Tom Smith|
Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a classical music sco...
Keywords: space; universe; Industrial Light and Magic; ILM
Downloads: 23,323 (2 reviews)
|Sun Flight: the Myth of Daedalus and His Son, Icarus - Gerald McDermott|
Tha late Gerald McDermott was an exceptional animator who made only five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.htm
Keywords: animation; myth
Downloads: 6,955 (2 reviews)
|Rhinoceros - Jan Lenica|
A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
Keywords: animation; poland
Downloads: 6,581 (2 reviews)
|Meaning of Time In Science, The - Milan Herzog|
Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
Keywords: afana; Herzog
Downloads: 4,334 (1 review)
|The Stonecutter - Gerald McDermott|
The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts...
Keywords: Animation; Japan; folktale
Downloads: 9,886 (5 reviews)
|Farm Family in Winter. - Thomas G Smith|
Shows family life on a modern farm in winter. Describes the care and feeding of livestock kept on a farm in winter. Here, farm life continues at a vigorous pace, in spite of restrictions of inclement weather, as a farm family complete the work of harvest and prepare for the renewal of the growing cycle in spring. The story is told in first person by the grandfather, at Gerald "Red" Markham's farm near the town of Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin...
|Facts About Projection - Robert Edmonds|
An old-timey set-up & projection techniques film, set in a school classroom. This film teaches the young projectionist how to put on a good show, and not trip over the cord while doing so.
Keywords: projector; 16mm; Bell & Howell
Downloads: 7,096 (2 reviews)
|Magnet Laboratory, A - Richard Leacock|
In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in)...
Keywords: magnet; degauss; physics; science; PSSC; Leacock
Downloads: 9,557 (4 reviews)